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|New submissions to the ARB come through the [[http://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com|myapps.developer.ubuntu.com]] web interface. The apps relevant to the ARB have $0.00 price and a FLOSS license. If you have a reviewer account on this system (there's still some development work to do to create a general-purpose ARB queue in the interface, so not all ARB members have accounts yet), log in, and you'll see a link to "View applications up for review".||New submissions to the ARB come through the [[http://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com|myapps.developer.ubuntu.com]] web interface. The apps relevant to the ARB have $0.00 price and a FLOSS license. All ARB members have a reviewer account on this system, log in and you'll see a link to "View ARB applications up for review or pending QA". There will also be a public, read-only view of this queue added in the next few weeks.|
New submissions to the ARB come through the myapps.developer.ubuntu.com web interface. The apps relevant to the ARB have $0.00 price and a FLOSS license. All ARB members have a reviewer account on this system, log in and you'll see a link to "View ARB applications up for review or pending QA". There will also be a public, read-only view of this queue added in the next few weeks.
Some common errors can be prefiltered within MyApps, such as submitting a binary package or tarball instead of a source package or tarball. From the Details page for the app, click "Start review". Fill in your query for the app developer, and click "Ask for information". Some common messages:
Could you submit this as a source package rather than a binary package? You can create this by running 'debuild -S', and send us the .orig.tar.gz, .diff.gz, and .dsc files. For more information, see: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuide/Complete#Building_the_Package_.28Source_and_Binary.29
Could you submit this as a source tarball rather than a binary tarball? That is, bundle up the files before you run the build/install process, so we get the full source. If you have questions about how to do this, we can walk you through it. Contact us here, or on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list or #ubuntu-app-devel IRC channel on Freenode.
Could you submit instructions for building, installing, and running the app? It looks like this will depend on the xxxxx package, which is available in Ubuntu. The version of Xxxxxx shipped in Oneiric is X.XX.
Check the app for the following criteria, noting each as Pass/Fail, and including any comments.
- The application is well packaged using the Debian packaging system
- All correct dependencies are met
- Application installs cleanly
- Application can be removed cleanly
- Includes suitable copyright and licensing content
- Application integrates into the desktop, with appropriate Launcher or menu entries
- Application runs correctly
- Major features operate as expected
- Does not perform any malicious actions
- Content is suitable under the terms of the Ubuntu Code Of Conduct
- Submissions should be applications, not stand-alone documentation or media (image bundles, fonts, movies).
- Apps should not be forks of existing applications in the Ubuntu archive (main/universe/etc).
- Apps should be useful or interesting to a general audience.
- No other software can depend on the application being submitted (e.g. development libraries should be submitted to main/universe or upstream to Debian instead).
Applications must be Free/Libre/Open Source software. We follow the Ubuntu Licensing Policy.
Applications must be able to be built with tools & libraries in the Ubuntu archive. Apps may bundle additional libraries they depend on, but may not include new versions of already packaged libraries.
If the app fails on any points, the reviewer will contact the submitter with suggestions for changes.
When the the reviewer considers the application ready for vote, the reviewer will raise it on the ARB mailing list. Votes on the application are made in the bug ticket comments, using the format:
= Application Review Board Response = * '''MEMBER''': <ARB member's name> * '''VOTE''': <+1 or -1> * '''NOTES''': <additional input on the request, if any>
If the voting for a particular app happens on the mailing list, or in IRC, one member may post a list of all the votes in one comment.
- Three or more +1 votes mean the application is approved.
- Three or more -1 votes mean the application is rejected.
- If there are questions about an application, it may be held for further discussion and review.
Pre-upload review procedure
Before uploading a package to the ARB PPA, the ARB member should quickly go through this checklist to make sure not to miss anything:
- Make sure the screenshot/icon branch has been merged and published (can take a while).
- Look for typos in the packaging, one that we missed was a typo in the Screenshot or Icon name
Make sure the version number is consistent with: <upstream>-0extras<release>.<X> where X starts at 1 with the first upload. Example: 1.2.3-0extras11.04.1 for the first upload of a package with the upstream version 1.2.3
- Merge changelog entries to only have one entry per upload to the extras PPA
- Triple check the target distro
- Run lintian on both source and binary package one last time
- Upload to the PPA. Make sure it builds fine and that it then shows up on extras.ubuntu.com (within 24 hours).
- Check in Software Center that it shows up properly and installs fine.
- [OPTIONAL] Blog about it